Labour overturns decision to annul two heavy votes in favour of ‘triggering’ Ealing Southall MP
As the SKWAWKBOX reported, two overwhelming branch votes to force Ealing Southall MP Virendra Sharma – who already suffered a huge vote of no confidence by local members earlier this year – were annulled by Labour’s London regional office after Sharma complained of ineligible members voting and other breaches of process.
Members said the complaints were unfounded and as the SKWAWKBOX also reported, on the night of the two votes Sharma had no objections to the democratic integrity of the results:
Yeah, I mean this is the democratic system. There are five more [branches] left, let me see how they turn out. I’m disappointed, I won’t say that I’m not disappointed, but that is the democratic process.
The SKWAWKBOX can now report that the Ealing Southall trigger process has been restarted – and that the two existing results in favour of a trigger have been dramatically reinstated.
A local party representative told the SKWAWKBOX:
We’re delighted that our votes are now being respected and our democratic process can go ahead in a straightforward way after the false complaints were rejected. Ealing Southall members have been vindicated.
Only one further vote in favour of a trigger is needed to force Sharma to face a contest if he wishes to retain his seat.
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